Oatmeal Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

Can vegan cookies ever taste good?

Why yes, yes they can.

“But… vegan, really?! No eggs, no butter??” you may ask incredulously. “How? Why?”

Stop stuttering and just bake a batch of these cookies. Because I did, and shared them with my animal product-loving friends and they all actually really liked it.

It’s a very basic recipe: basically a flourless peanut butter cookie (I make a lot of these types of cookies), with mashed bananas as a filler, and oatmeal to make it healthy (yes, I believe if it has oatmeal then it is healthy), and dark chocolate chips to make it… sublime.

they’re not the prettiest cookies I’ve made, but they’re moist and chewy with just the right amount of sweetness

these are made with such wholesome ingredients, they might even pass for a healthy breakfast, I mean cookie

Oatmeal Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup peanut butter (I used Justin’s chocolate peanut butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 small bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup bittersweet chocolate mini chunks

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients in a big mixing bowl. (The dough will be mushy but don’t worry – they will bake into brownie-like cookies.) Make golf ball sized rounds and place evenly on a cookie sheet Bake for 15 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely and enjoy!

Oatmeal Banana Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are moist and a little crumbly, with an almost brownie-like texture. The peanut butter and banana flavors are not overpowering, and compliments the chewy oatmeal very nicely. They also get plus points from me because they are so simple to make! You won’t miss the eggs or the flour or the butter because they’re still very chocolate-y.

Do you have a flourless cookie recipe you want to share with me? Let me know if you bake these!


29 Responses to “Oatmeal Banana Peanut Butter Cookies”

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    Joanne posted May 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Vegan baked goods get a bad rep but honestly, I’ve never made ones that didn’t turn out wonderfully! With all that peanut butter, how could these be bad? Seriously.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted May 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I would totally eat these for breakfast!

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    Michelle posted May 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I have a flour-less peanut butter cookie recipe on my blog – http://funandfearlessinbeantown.blogspot.com/2011/02/maple-pumpkin-peanut-butter-cookies.html

    You’re right…we’re totally on the same wavelength recently!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted May 18, 2011 at 8:28 am

    These look easy and delish! I agree with Meghan – they seem perfect for breakfast!

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    Julie @ Shining From Within posted May 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    mmmm.. i love peanut butter in cookies!

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    Lesley Lifting Life posted May 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

    There’s many vegan desserts that I definitely love more than their dairy alternatives … these look delicious!

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    christina posted May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

    mmm yes vegan cookies can be great! my roommate and i made some similar to these! :)

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    Elizabeth posted May 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Yes!! I was vegan for a year in high school and I did plenty of vegan baking. Right now, I overall prefer using dairy and eggs in my baking, but there are vegan baked goods can definitely be wonderful. This is also the type that I prefer, using all real foods and not gobs of vegan margarine and similar substances.

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    Heather posted May 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Looks delicious! And simple which is always my favorite part of a recipe.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted May 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’m making these cookies as soon as I get a chance!

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    Megan posted May 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Wow. I feel like I wouldn’t expect those ingredients to hold together, but somehow it magically works. They sound delicious!

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    Daisy posted May 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    they sound awesome!

    PS I never knew you were such a book worm!!! thanks for all the great book advice.

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    Susan posted May 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I saw you tweet this earlier and was so curious! These look delicious.

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted May 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    My.mouth.is.watering….I love pb, banana, oatmeal, and chocolate all together. I don’t think anything could be better!

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    Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd posted May 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Those definitely sound like fair game for breakfast.

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    Megan posted May 19, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I had no idea there was such a thing as chocolate peanut butter! These cookies sound really good. I love trying new things!

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Oh yes, there is such a (glorious) thing as chocolate peanut butter. And chocolate almond butter. And chocolate coconut butter. And chocolate hazelnut butter. Lots of good things out there :)

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls posted May 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Yummmmmy!! Love this recipe!!

    New to your blog! Happy I found you :)


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      Bianca Garcia posted May 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Mary, thanks for dropping by! If you make these cookies, let me know! They are pretty awesome ;)

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    Dana posted May 20, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Love peanut butter cookies! The addition of oats, banana and chocolate chips sounds perfect!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted May 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    this sounds so yummy:) thank you for sharing this …need to try this out soon.

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    Hannah posted May 23, 2011 at 5:06 am

    The 1 cup pb, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg flourless recipe is my go-to :) I’m all for vegan baking; in fact I think my most delicious recipes are vegan! Also, anything with nut butter and chocolate. Has. My. Heart.

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    ashleigh posted May 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I made Vegan Chocolate PB Oatmeal cookies just like this last night! They were SO good, easy, and I had all the ingredients on hand. They were very similar to yours but also had chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder and no sugar because I didn’t have any. Next time I need to add in some chocolate chunks!

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      Bianca Garcia posted May 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Ashleigh – definitely add chocolate chunks! Good call on adding protein powder, I will experiment with that next time.

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    Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday posted May 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Awesome ingredient list in these. When I do vegan cookies I usually cop-out by using margarine instead of butter.

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    Young Idealistic Baker posted October 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Just stumbled upon these while somewhat desperately searching the web for a recipe that was both gluten AND dairy free for a co-worker with intolerances to both. Thank you for posting – the cookies are in the oven now! (and will be on my blog shortly if you’re interested in seeing how they turned out with a minor adaptation)

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      Bianca Garcia posted October 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Hi Beth, thanks for much for the comment – I’m glad you found my blog! I hope you and your co-worker like the cookies!

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    Gillian Kerr posted June 20, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Just found this recipe and was hoping to make theses cookies as I have large amounts of bananas and were all sick of banana bread. However my son and I are both Coeliacs and oats have Gluten in them. Has anybody got a similar recipe using something else in place of oats?

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Hi Gillian, I’m glad you found my blog! I’m not too familiar with gluten-free recipes so aside from considering using gluten-free oats (like the ones from Bob’s Red Mill), I would try experimenting with different alternatives like quinoa or even brown rice/brown rice flakes. One of my favorite blogs, Gluten Free Girl (http://glutenfreegirl.com/recipes/) will be a better resource too :) Sorry if I don’t have exact substitutes… Good luck!

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